Jack E. Beckman
Professor of Education
On faculty since 2004
PhD, Cambridge University, 2004
MPhil, Cambridge University, 2001
MEd, Covenant College, 1998
BS, Georgia State University, 1976
If Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) was right, then education is indeed a life as I have spent over 40 years under the regulus and patterns of teaching and learning - initially as an Early Childhood educator in the classroom, then as an educational leader, and finally as Professor of Elementary Education at Covenant College. Each of these contexts has allowed me the privilege of working with students, teachers, and parents on a variety of levels involving instructional pedagogy, curriculum development, and teacher professional learning.
My present work at Covenant College is both challenging and fulfilling. Over the past fifteen years I have moved to the other side of the teacher's desk in my work with preservice elementary teachers. From freshman year Christian Mind through senior Fall Block and student teaching, I witness the progression of growth in their identity from students to full instructional practitioners ready for the classroom. It is thrilling to hear stories of how God is using their gifts and talents in His kingdom work. These dedicated teachers are His "faithful presence" in a world filled with many diverse needs.
I also have the opportunity of teaching in our MEd program during the summer. For three weeks, cohorts of teachers and administrators come to the campus to complete a three-year specialty either in curriculum and instruction or educational leadership.
I enjoy reading on many levels both personal and professional and usually keep four or five books going. My wife and I enjoy having students in our home for meals and conversation and do so as often as possible. I am on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Mason Institute, an organization working toward making her ideas and practices relevant in the 21st century. My wife and I also serve as Scholar/storytellers for the Prime-Time Family Reading program at our local public library. I enjoy storytelling and do so at every chance no matter the age of the audience.
I am using my administrative skills in two areas of the educational department. The first is my role as Coordinator of Early Childhood in which I collaborate with a gifted team of professors to continually assess our teacher preparation programs for effectiveness, best practices, and ongoing PSC accreditation activities. Second, I am the Chair of the Department, a responsibility that positions me as a leader among equals in our common work. Moreover, I have the privilege of being the Faculty Advisor for the Student Senate – a role that I relish and which places me in contact with student leaders who are making a difference in the community of scholars at Covenant College.
- American Educational Research Association
- Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Association of Christian Schools International
- British Educational Research Association
- Cambridge in America
- Georgia Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
- National Storytelling Festival
- When children love to learn. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. 2004..
- "Gathering the scattered in school communities." In Schools as communities - educational leadership, relationships and the eternal value of Christian schooling. Ed. by James Drexler. 149-71. Colorado Springs, CO: Purposeful Design. 2007.
- “’Faithful Presence’” – The Christian school head, personhood, relationships, and outcomes.” In Journal of School Choice. 2012.
- “Faithful presence” – Dissonance and distinctive in the work of the school head.” Christian Educators Journal. 2012.